POST-RACIAL AMERICA  1:00 am June 20, 2011

Obama Impersonator Thrown Out For Mocking GOP: Racist Jokes Were Okay

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

you are under arrestInexplicably, the organizers of the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans asked an Obama impersonator to do a light comedy routine making fun of the president for a roomful of pasty napping olds. For some reason, the organizers thought it would be super funny to have a black impersonator show up onstage and make a bunch of miscegenation jokes to this white crowd. But that’s not a laughing matter, having Africans take advantage of Our White Women!

So the crowd was very uncomfortable about this whole attempt at humor. And as this video proves, the old Saturday Night Live 1981-2011 “if it’s not getting laughs, just make the sketch even longer” rule has not been lost on the GOP leadership. “Michelle celebrates all of Black History Month. I only celebrate half,” was an actual joke this guy, Reggie Brown, used on his audience, and they laughed.

For some reason, multiple media outlets decided to report that this performance was bad because it was full of jokes about Obama being black. Sure, this is true. None of it was terribly funny. But the audience was in stitches through every one of those jokes.

Here’s what webzine POLITICO reported:

A comedian impersonating President Obama made racially tinged jokes Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference before being pulled off the stage by an event organizer.

The Obama impersonator, Reggie Brown, said that while the First Lady celebrated all of Black History Month, the bi-racial president only celebrated half the month.

Brown also said: “My mother loved a black man, and she was not a Kardashian.”

This makes it sound like the RLC organizers were offended that Brown made jokes about black people in hideously poor taste. But no, he actually got all the way through those “Obama is black” jokes — including one about how they should rearrange the room according to pre-Civil Rights Act regulations, and everyone laughed — before he used the joke that just tells itself, “Newt Gingrich’s campaign is falling apart.” AHAHA… see, we laughed at that one? This is when the audience finally turned on Reggie Brown. They booed him. DO NOT INSULT NEWT.

By the time he gets around to mocking Michele Bachmann, about nineteen minutes into this thing, the GOP is freaking out! They cut his microphone! And then some old white guy in a suit literally hauls the Obama impersonator off the stage! Incredible!

The real accomplishment here was to get a bunch of Republicans laughing, on camera, because they enjoy mocking the very existence of a black president. They do this anyway. But it’s good to have more archival video? We were getting tired of those dumb watermelon-on-the-White-House lawn photos. [YouTube/Politico]

 

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memzilla June 20, 2011 at 1:06 am

Q: How many Rethuglicans does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A; All of them, Katie. They hate blackness just that much.

fuflans June 20, 2011 at 2:07 am

fortunately, they have decided CFLs are the work of the devil and will spend the next decade lighting candles to defend liberty.

and setting themselves on fire.

nounverb911 June 20, 2011 at 2:19 am

Here's hoping they forgot to pay their county fire service fee.
Firefighters watch house burn to the ground.

flamingpdog June 20, 2011 at 2:24 am

and hopefully seceding from the Union to form the Ignited States of America.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 2:45 am

lighting candles to defend liberty.

I think they call those "freedom lightsticks" in Real America.

benjo765 June 20, 2011 at 3:42 am

They dont believe in screwing in lightbulbs – lightbulbs should be free to screw themselves in.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 6:15 am

They believe lightbulbs screw themselves by way of the Invisible Hand.

PristineODummy June 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I think that's Libertarians. No?

Biel_ze_Bubba June 20, 2011 at 3:43 am

And likely setting half of Arizona and Texas on fire, given where these fuckwads are likely to spend their napping hours.

Oh, wait … it's illegals who are setting the fires: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2011/06/j

horsedreamer_1 June 20, 2011 at 8:58 am

Finish the dang firewall!

zhubajie June 20, 2011 at 7:11 am

Zero. They have a Mexican do it.

BerkeleyBear June 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Then report him to the authorities when he asks to be paid (or gets hurt, or sends his kids to school, or doesn't show up early).

Sparky_McGruff June 20, 2011 at 7:43 am

Just tell them the lightbulb has a pension, or is on medicare, and they'll try to screw it over in a heartbeat.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

If it's a teabagger bulb, it votes Republican — so it screws itself.

tessiee June 20, 2011 at 9:18 am

"Q: How many Rethuglicans does it take to screw in a light bulb?"

A1: They didn't have light bulbs in the dark ages.
A2: Only two, but they have to be really small.

natoslug June 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

So the 6 months I just spent with burned-out bulbs in my dining room, forcing the kids to eat by braille, is not because I am lazy, but because I am liberal? Thank the dogs (I have 5) — I was running out of excuses for not replacing the front porch light as well. Someone should have told me this before my wife made me change the bulbs this Saturday, dammit!

rickmaci June 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm

They won't replace the bulb, they would rather sit in the dark and blame Obama because light is out.

bumfug June 20, 2011 at 1:08 am

If he'd just borrowed some gay jokes from Tracy Morgan and left the republican politicians alone he'd still be on stage doing encores.

Sparky_McGruff June 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

There's a parallel there. The reason that Tracy Morgan's jokes caused such a stir (and were generally not considered funny) is that they seemed to be hateful rants without much comedy.

The GOP likes their racist "jokes" the same way — lots of hate, not much joke. It's an old standard from the days of Ol' Dixie — you can't talk about lynchin' niggras in polite company, so you "joke" about lynchings instead. Or at least about watermelons and welfare queens.

That way you can say "It's just a joke, son, dontcha have any sense of humor?" when someone doesn't find your "jokes" about stringing up the darkies or skinning them alive particularly funny. The GOP "conservatives" don't actually like comedy — witness the few attempts at "conservative comedians" or "comedy shows". They do like to put a thin veneer of deniability over their hate filled rants, however.

tessiee June 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

"The GOP "conservatives" don't actually like comedy — witness the few attempts at "conservative comedians" or "comedy shows".

The GOP sucks at comedy, firstly, because they totally lack anything resembling a sense of humor (and like everybody I've ever met with no sense of humor, are dull-witted, mean-spirited, unaware, self-important jackasses).

Secondly, they can't do comedy because they're not the underdog. There's no humor and no dramatic tension in watching the ruling class pick on the little guy — we don't wonder how it's going to go — they're already the ruling class — so it's just plain and simple bullying, which is their modus operandi for everything, anyway.

a_pink_poodle June 20, 2011 at 1:09 am

Insulting the GOP Saints is blasphemous! What would Lord Reagan (pbuh) think?

evan7257 June 20, 2011 at 1:09 am

But minstrel shows are hilarious!

tessiee June 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Every 28 days or so.

genxr June 20, 2011 at 1:09 am

So they're not inviting him to the convention?

PuckStopsHere June 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

They didn't say that.

horsedreamer_1 June 20, 2011 at 8:58 am

Depends on the availability of Herman Cain.

PristineODummy June 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Wouldn't want them to exceed their quota.

mourningnmerica June 20, 2011 at 1:13 am

They didn't show the part where he whipped out an 11 inch penis, and menaced (our) white women in the audience with it. The laughs weren't so big during that part.

Guppy06 June 20, 2011 at 2:00 am

"They didn't show the part where he whipped out an 11 inch penis"

We're talking about the GOP here; there'd be catcalls if that happened.

imissopus June 20, 2011 at 2:12 am

And a stampede towards the men's room when Reggie went to take a leak.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 2:43 am

Only in private. In public, they'd have booed his ass how stage for emasculating them with that display. They have to keep up appearances; it's the Republican way.

SpurningBeer June 20, 2011 at 7:05 am

Where all the white Republican womens at?

horsedreamer_1 June 20, 2011 at 9:00 am
PristineODummy June 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Yup. Sure looks like it. Anorexic little titties and everythang.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 1:14 am

Can I just say for the thousandth time that I hate minorities who whore themselves out to these type of events? Come on, brothas. If we didn't do this, they'd be forced to black-face one of their own to do it. Make them own it; stop being complicit.

I know everyone has to eat, but do we have no standards?

memzilla June 20, 2011 at 1:33 am

Lena Horne, Stepin Fetchit, Bill Bojangles, Hattie McDaniel, et al. were called "sellouts" because they worked for less pay than their white counterparts. I used to think that too. Then I took into account that there was a Great Depression on, and forgave them, because even though these people personified shameful stereotypes, they were at least gettin' paid in the middle ot the Great Depression. However, I don't recall any of them being willing to whore themselves out for FDR's Rethugilcan opponents, Alf Landon or Wendell Wilkie. /end Old White Guy Rant

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 1:34 am

We don't have to do this anymore in the acting world, though, to make a living. Many of them did, and I don't place blame on any of them, though, I'm glad what Lena Horne in particular was able to later beocme.

I don't excuse this stuff from our actors in the 21st century; that's where I draw the line and I don't find that an unfair criticism of this. For goodness sake, the president is a black dude! For the love of god, let this blatant form of this particular form of "entertainment" die already.

memzilla June 20, 2011 at 1:46 am

What would this guy be thinking to think this would be a good career move? Is the Resident Minstrel role at Rethuglican and Tea Klux Klan hivemind meetings really a long-term gig?

OK, my second question was just stupid.

LetUsBray June 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Ask Clarence Thomas.

CalamityJames June 20, 2011 at 5:20 am

You hear that, Will Smith!!!

We're coming for you!

tessiee June 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

A friend of mine who is a bit of a movie buff made the interesting observation that in a lot of Will Smith's movies, he played the kind of parts that Harrison Ford used to play when he was younger.

Monsieur_Grumpe June 20, 2011 at 9:09 am

I don't think Mr. Brown will be doing this shtick anywhere in the near future. He managed to be universally offensive without being clever or original. You‘ve got to wonder how he could have thought that this would have been a good career move.

LiveToServeYa June 20, 2011 at 10:35 am

Some people will do anything for money because, someplace along the line, greed became, for lack of a better word, good. Greed for money, greed for fame, greed for publicity. It's the same as Elton John performing for el Rushboob's wedding. The pay's the thing.

natoslug June 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

In these instances, however I don't think they're trying to catch the conscience of the king.

(sorry, couldn't let the almost Shakespearean opening just hang there . . . )

GOPCrusher June 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I can't believe that anyone will buy the Republiklan argument that they pulled him from stage for racist comments. Whoever booked Reggie Brown knew exactly what they were going to get, I imagine somebody probably pointed out that having an Obama Impersonator at a Republiklan meeting wasn't a real bright idea.

PocketsTheClown June 20, 2011 at 1:14 am

BLACK FACE IS BACK HA HA. Also, still looking for a guaranteed student loan for my kindergartener. Anyone?

memzilla June 20, 2011 at 1:19 am

Bond him out to teaching ESL in China in 14 years. It's just like indentured servitude, but with less Koch Brothers.

PocketsTheClown June 20, 2011 at 1:25 am

Wait.. China owns us already I thought. Isn't that why it costs so much to eat now? Are the Kock Brothers Chinese? Sry, I drunk.

nounverb911 June 20, 2011 at 1:27 am

Needs more melamine.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 1:31 am

WIN

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 1:17 am

Now to the fun part…

This is like meth, to them. And they wonder why self-respecting minorities don't sign up for their bullshit. They have to wade through all of this shit before they can even get a glimpse about your flimsy, not-so-serious platform.

mormos June 20, 2011 at 4:05 am

no, meth is like meth to them. Because they do meth, is what I'm saying.

imissopus June 20, 2011 at 1:18 am

Mr. Brown, I have Satan on line two. Something about calling to collect on that deal?

Seriously dude, moar blackface pleez.

SpurningBeer June 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

And Mr. Brown, if you're going to perform at a Republican event again, please follow precedent and wear slavery-appropriate attire. It's a heritage thing.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 11:22 pm

wear slavery-appropriate attire.

Bwahahahaha!!1!!!1

OKthennext June 20, 2011 at 1:18 am

Republicans laugh at racist Obammer jokes? "You hear that Elizabeth? I'm 'a coming' to join you!"

(See 7:38 minute mark.)

Peace in our time June 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

Mark 7:38 – are you quoting scripture? Mark chapter 7 only goes to verse 37.

We all need to prepare for The Revival by boning up on our Bible study in case they win in 2012.

nounverb911 June 20, 2011 at 1:20 am

I'm surprised the RLC didn't have Stepin Fetchit perform.

arihaya June 20, 2011 at 1:21 am

just another day of Republicans being RepubliKKKans

imissopus June 20, 2011 at 1:22 am

Remember the WHCD when Obama mocked Donald Trump? Obama is racist against people with bad hair plugs. IT'S EXACTLY THE SAME THING, PEOPLE.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 1:32 am

Well, he's going to be very uncomfortable working with Joe Biden, then.

Nothingisamiss June 20, 2011 at 7:34 am

'Xactly. Why do people not think THAT was racist?! Hmmmmmmm? Hengh?

nounverb911 June 20, 2011 at 1:22 am

Reggie broke St Ronnie's eleventh commandment: don't dis republicans.

DahBoner June 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

We have a winner, Janet!!!!!

CrankyLttlCamperette June 20, 2011 at 1:32 am

Man, I know the job market is bad but whoring?

Guppy06 June 20, 2011 at 2:36 am

Complain all you want, I bet you he managed to get his Bank of America mortgage renegotiated.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 6:06 am

Why? Because he was at a GOP event? Those cheap bastards probably didn't even pay for his lunch.

horsedreamer_1 June 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

This is the GOP Black Speakers Fund:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1260&a

Nothingisamiss June 20, 2011 at 7:35 am

Whatever they paid him, it won't be enough for his therapy bills when he realizes his soul is gone.

AJWjr. June 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

Autotune killed soul years ago.

Swampgas_Man June 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

How many diamonds did he get?

ManchuCandidate June 20, 2011 at 1:33 am

I'm betting a lot of the audience wish for a return to wholesome entertainment like Amos & Andy or white people in blackface.

PristineODummy June 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Isn't this a lot like the last spasms of the British for the days of Empire? Remember when Merchant & Ivory couldn't churn out enough Jewel-In-The-Crown-type wholesale smirkage and pant-plunderage?

Frost/Nixon/Robocop June 20, 2011 at 1:41 am

Didn't these people see Bamboozled?

LesBontemps June 20, 2011 at 9:27 am

They starred in it.

flamingpdog June 20, 2011 at 1:41 am

What was with the gap in the audio at 18 and a half minutes? Was Zombie Rosemary Woods at the conference?

CapnFatback June 20, 2011 at 1:42 am

I really don't believe Brown's removal was political, Kirsten. This event was held in New Orleans: he got the bum's rush because he dared stand in front of a crowd of drunken assholes for nearly twenty minutes without showing his tits.

flamingpdog June 20, 2011 at 1:49 am

Routine needz moar beads.

poncho_pilot June 20, 2011 at 4:44 am

the only beads you'll find at an RLC function are of the anal variety. will those do?

PristineODummy June 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Only if they're still sealed in the original wrapping. You can't share toys with Republicans. You have no idea WHERE those beads have been.

alaninthecastro June 20, 2011 at 1:45 am

I don't want to get all conpsiracy-theoryish, but has it occurred to anyone that the media has been using impersonators to portray ALL Democratic politicians the past three years? It would explain a lot.

LesBontemps June 20, 2011 at 9:29 am

I'd be relieved if they were just impersonators, but I think it's actually Taiwanese animation.

flamingpdog June 20, 2011 at 2:00 am

So they pulled him off the stage when he got to the Michele Bachmann jokes? Maybe the master of ceremonies knew the ladies' room was out of order and her SUV driver had driven off to get some cigs.

Guppy06 June 20, 2011 at 2:19 am

She's not been able to enter the ladies' room alone ever since The Incident.

memzilla June 20, 2011 at 2:03 am

♫ ♪ ♫ (to the tune of Col. Bogey's March) ♪ ♫ ♪

Hitler…. has only got one ball!
Göring… has two, but ver-ry small.
Himmler… is somewhat sim'lar.
But poor Goebbels.. has no balls… at all!
http://bit.ly/6g1C

PristineODummy June 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

We used to sing that, growing up.

fuflans June 20, 2011 at 2:10 am

<shudder>

on every level.

fuflans June 20, 2011 at 2:12 am

to be fair, the biden jokes were pretty funny.

(and i love me some gaffy joe.)

emmelemm June 20, 2011 at 2:15 am

So, isn't that the same guy who was "debating" one of the Rands on Fox? (The actor, I mean.) I watched neither video; I'm merely basing this on the still shot from each.

If so, he must be the most self-hating person on earth.

iburl June 20, 2011 at 2:19 am

Please don't drag Aunt Ester and Fred Sandford into this.

sati_demise June 20, 2011 at 2:20 am

His make up was weird. too weird. watching people roll around in shit is boring

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 2:47 am

I don't think it's the make up. His face is just plain strange.

horsedreamer_1 June 20, 2011 at 9:06 am

Wait 'til it turns out it actually was a white guy in black face.

Fred Armisen is blacker than this guy.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Or, a black guy playing a white guy playing a black guy.

mrblifil June 20, 2011 at 2:23 am

I loved Reggie's look of surprise when the jovial altar-boy rapist comes up behind him unannounced to "give him the light." Good gravy people, this is why they shine a light in comedy clubs, so you don't put yourself at physical risk by sneaking up on a comic who's bombing, in order to tell that person nobody finds them funny. Least of all Calista Gingrich.

God knows where he was escorted to after that, it didn't look like it was gonna be much fun. Hope he at least got his parking validated.

SayItWithWookies June 20, 2011 at 2:25 am

Ha ha — the real black president is funnier than the fake black president. And I'm not gonna harsh on him for being black. First of all, he got in some jabs at his audience too, so he was trying to be equal opportunity. He just figured a roomful of Republicans would be able to take it. Miscalculation is all.

CapeClod June 20, 2011 at 8:49 am

Because, really, what kind of humor can be mined from a serial divorcer, a flip-flopping panderer, a deeply unpopular fetus worshiper, a looney eyed church lady, a bad pizza shop owner, and a man so ridiculously boring that people fall asleep whenever his name is even mentioned?

drrty_martini June 20, 2011 at 2:28 am

tl;dw

And the "Born in the USA" intro was…dear god. Did he end up singing "Mammy"?

flamingpdog June 20, 2011 at 2:34 am
flamingpdog June 20, 2011 at 2:32 am

If I'm Mr. Brown, I'm not walking onto the stage at any Republican conference posing as Obama unless I'm 100 percent certain that all the firearms have been checked at the front door.

HistoriCat June 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

And your ride is waiting for you with the motor running.

fuflans June 20, 2011 at 2:36 am

ok now that i've watched that: yuck. that was just…awful. nothing funny whatsoever until the end (and then only recycled jokes that have been making the circuit for at least the past month) and then the black guy gets pulled off stage.

wtf?

oh and also: horrible old white gray haired ladies in peach outfits with jutting jaws trying to save america.

Guppy06 June 20, 2011 at 2:42 am

Now each and every Republican in the room can point to Mr. Brown and claim they have a Black Friend.

smokefilledroommate June 20, 2011 at 3:10 am

Better than saying "I have a Brown Friend", secretly meaning the white UPS guy.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 6:08 am

Or, saying "I'm friends with the Blacks" meaning the white family down the street.

SpurningBeer June 20, 2011 at 7:10 am

Like Rebecca? Partyin', partyin', YEAH!

Chet Kincaid June 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm

"Reggie the UPS Guy" is his other gig.

Nothingisamiss June 20, 2011 at 7:45 am

"If it was racist a black guy wouldn't have been there!" say my coworkers.
(I assume.)

smokefilledroommate June 20, 2011 at 2:53 am

Jesus fuck– it's like the Republicans' Mammy. Black stereotypes can be funny in a specific comedic context but never in a room full of soulless rich white assholes.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 3:08 am

Bingo. Less than the jokes, themselves, it's the audience in which you deliver jokes. You don't do these jokes at a political event for fucking Republicans knowing the context in which they'll be received by most of them. They aren't laughing with the president, they are laughing at the president…because he's black. That's it. There isn't anything else to it.

HistoriCat June 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

So what you're saying is that being black is not funny? Shit – you mean I shouldn't point and laugh at people just because of their race?

Someone is going to have to break the news to Rush Limbaugh …

natoslug June 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

But Polack jokes are still okay, right?

Glen: How many Polacks it take to screw up a lightbulb?
H.I.: I don't know, Glen. One?
Glen: Nope, it takes three.
Glen: Wait a minute, I told it wrong. Here, I'm startin' over: How come it takes three Polacks to screw up a lightbulb?
H.I.: I don't know, Glen.
Glen: 'Cause they're so darn stupid!
Glen: Shit, man, loosen up! Don't ya get it?
H.I.: No, Glen, I sure don't.
Glen: Shit, man, think about it! I guess it's what they call a "way homer."
H.I.: Why's that?
Glen: 'Cause you only get it on the way home.
H.I.: I'm already home, Glen.

easybaked June 20, 2011 at 3:01 am

Too bad they didn't invite Stephen Colbert to speak. Now that would have been funny.

Guppy06 June 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm

These are the same people who think Colbert is some sort of double-meta super-secret conservative mocking libruls. It'd be less "laughing" and more "cheering."

poorgradstudent June 20, 2011 at 3:08 am

I kind of wish the Democrats would respond by having Tina Fey play Sarah Palin at one of their official conferences. The chorus of hypocritical screeches of "Well, I NEVER!" echoing from every teevee showing FOX News would be beautiful.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 6:07 am

Oh boy, that would be a thing of beauty. Send here to Netroots of something and just let her go wild.

Nothingisamiss June 20, 2011 at 7:48 am

Except I don't accept that that would be the same thing. When Tina was doing her awesome work, it wasn't "anti woman" in front of men who think women should wear burkas, making their case that stoning was an acceptable form of punishment.

I realize now that you've said this, though, this is EXACTLY what they will point to.

CapeClod June 20, 2011 at 9:09 am

And one of the best things that Tina Fey does in her act is repeat what Sarah Palin says verbatim.

imissopus June 20, 2011 at 3:32 am

What struck me just now is that just this morning Jon Stewart was on Fox News Sunday with another fake newsman, Chris Wallace, who showed a bit TDS did a couple of weeks ago in which they played a video of a Herman Cain speech and then cut to Jon adding some jokes in a "Herman Cain" voice. Jon basically just sounded like a gruff old guy and there was nothing even remotely racial about it to my ears, but Wallace tried to tar him with the "racist" brush by asking if he was planning on reviving the old Amos 'N Andy show next. I hope TDS juxtaposes this clip with that one and then shoves it up Chris Wallace's ass.

To his credit, during the interview Jon called Chris Wallace "insane" at least once.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 6:12 am

I remember that episode. Jon was doing a (bad – like most of his accents) old Southern accent; that's about it.

And, again, for all the conservatives listening, context and the type of audience you're playing are very important, as if you should even have to be told. If you have to be told that Chris Rock wouldn't be stupid enough to do his act at an event hosted by the Daughters of the Confederacy, you're fucking morons.

guangho June 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

Hey I'd love to see Chris Rock do a show for the sons and daughters of the confederacy. After his kids grow up I mean.

finallyhappy June 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Mike Wallace must be so ashamed of his son.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

If we're to be honest, Mike is probably still ashamed and regretful that he didn't have the balls to raise his son. But, that's a whole other discussion.

fuflans June 20, 2011 at 3:35 am

droogs.

pinkocommi June 20, 2011 at 3:56 am

What a surprise that Republitards' idea of a sense of humor involves putting people who are different from them down…. So goes their comedy, goes their politics. It is an integrated worldview.

mormos June 20, 2011 at 4:07 am

I bet he agreed to do this just so he could mock them all to their faces there at the end.

Pop_Socket June 20, 2011 at 5:56 am

The 1967 joke was about Israel taking Palestine's land, not about civil rights. Ya gotta learn your wingnut dog whistles.

JustPixelz June 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm

In 1967, Israel didn't take "Palestine's" land. Gaza was part of Egypt, West Bank part or Jordan. After the war Egypt and Jordan said they didn't want it back, as it was full of Palestinians. I think we'd feel the same way if Mexico got ahold of Texas.

imissopus June 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Thank you, it was driving me nuts trying to figure that out. I kept thinking he couldn't have mixed up the year the CRA was passed, but then I couldn't think of what else it could be.

Pop_Socket June 20, 2011 at 5:57 am

Once again humorless white people show they can dish it out but can't take it when the help gets too uppity.

Noman June 20, 2011 at 8:44 am

"Once again humorless liberals show they can dish it out but can't take it when the help gets too uppity."

Tru dat!

Let the whimpering begin…

Buckminster June 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Funny how all the racist bullcrap was just fine with these idiots.

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 20, 2011 at 6:12 am

There is nothing more heartwarming than Republicans laughing at black people.

donner_froh June 20, 2011 at 6:29 am

This hardly qualifies for racist among Republicans. There was no watermelon patch on the White House lawn, no references to the president as a monkey or of Mrs. Obama eating ribs.

Dr_pangloss June 20, 2011 at 6:59 am

Note to unfunny Obama Impersonator: Do not remind stuipid white men that they are stupid white men. I'm sure they are all still reeling over all the money they gave to the "Elect Newt" ponzi scheme and you are just rubbing salt into the booboo.

DahBoner June 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

He needs to permanently tattoo that on his hand…

the_problem_child June 20, 2011 at 7:12 am

The impersonation part was pretty good, I thought. The jokes (all of them), not so much. He must have trolled Our Wonkette on an off day.

Nothingisamiss June 20, 2011 at 7:50 am

An off day at Wonkette is better than he'll ever be.

SpurningBeer June 20, 2011 at 7:16 am

You see, when a white president is walking to the helicopter, he's all like this, with his ass tight, and his back up straight, and he salutes the Marine at the stairs. But when a half-black president walks to the helicopter, he be all bouncin' and dippin' his shoulders, and boom shacka-lacka, and fist bumps the Marine, and goes 'Sup, nigga?," then jogs up the stairs.

ThundercatHo June 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

Thanks man, now I'm gonna have Stripes playing in my head all damn day. Boom shacka-lacka-lacka….I just love Bill Murray.

tessiee June 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Black people be postin' like this:
*struts*
'sup 'sup 'sup 'sup 'sup

But white people be postin' like this:
*tightassed*
meh meh meh meh meh.

Oh, it's true! WE'RE *SO LAME*!!

SpurningBeer June 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Consider some comedy counter-examples, Tess: on one hand, Steve Urkel, and on the other, Gilbert Gottfried.

bflrtsplk June 20, 2011 at 7:19 am

Hey, did the hear the one about the black Republican?

There aren't any.

Noman June 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

It is pretty hard for minorities to escape the Democrat Plantation.

bflrtsplk June 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

Of course, when the GOPers throw you off the stage for making fun of the Newster, that kind of limits your options.

neiltheblaze June 20, 2011 at 7:21 am

Thank goodness Politico was there to put a positive spin on it and play down the "Republicans are humorless, racist clods" aspect. What would we do without them?

horsedreamer_1 June 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

Progress, instead of regress?

I saw a woman from the Po'o on CSPAN yesterday, Kacie something or other. I can honestly say, she looked good enough to do porno… & doing porno would be a step up from writing for POLITICO.

SaintRond June 20, 2011 at 7:26 am

This "comedian" would do well to remember Steppin' Fetchit's son who was so mortified by his father's onscreen antics that he went out and shot 15 people dead on a turnpike before turning the gun on himself.

That said, would you like to see my wiener?

Peace… God bless…

hollywooddood June 20, 2011 at 7:30 am

Uppity minorities are a laugh riot.

ganmerlad June 20, 2011 at 8:04 am

I first read the jokes about Obama in the Politico story and didn't think they were funny. But then I read them again in the NYT story and started giggling. It is all about *who* is telling the joke, and the font. (Or possibly because the first joke NYT put out there was: 'He said that he was born in Hawaii, adding, “or as the Tea Partiers like to call it, Kenya.”')

'Doug Heye, a party strategist and former communications director for the Republican National Committee, criticized the hiring of Mr. Brown. As word of the performance began to spread online, he wrote in a message on Twitter: “Wonder why many minorities have problems with G.O.P.? Our own fault.”' Understatement much?

Limeylizzie June 20, 2011 at 8:05 am

Jesus Christ, between this fool and the union actors doing the anti-union Target spot ,the selling-out is getting crazy.

SpurningBeer June 20, 2011 at 8:07 am

Hey Obama! Smile so we can tell where you at!

PuckStopsHere June 20, 2011 at 8:31 am

They put this on C-SPAN? I thought "America's Biggest Loser" was an NBC property.

ifthethunderdontgetya June 20, 2011 at 8:44 am

TPM was also fooled (i.e. too lazy to watch the video themselves).

It was when he got to mocking One L Michele that they cut his mike.
~

DahBoner June 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

Never make fun of a White Baby farmer…

freakishlywrong June 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

Mean spirited, humorless, hateful, bigoted Cons. Saint Ronny would be so proud, right before you kicked him out the "big tent" for being a RINO. Assholes.

horsedreamer_1 June 20, 2011 at 9:11 am

Alt-Text Perfection.

ThundercatHo June 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

Y'all are on fire today. I hope they have this guy introduce the Republican nominee at the end of the nat'l convention cuz that would hilarious.

tessiee June 20, 2011 at 9:15 am

Somewhere, Ted Danson is depressed that he wasn't invited.

jus_wonderin June 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

Oh my…………

weejee June 20, 2011 at 10:04 am

Reggie is so not the new Vaughn Meader.

El Pinche June 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

Black face isn't funny enough to republicans. A slave whipping reenactment with audience participation would have made them laugh until they shit their Depends.

MLite June 20, 2011 at 10:35 am

Someone who is skilled at videos should make a cut with just the audience shots so we can play "Where's Waldo" looking for anyone who isn't white and over 40.

Callyson June 20, 2011 at 11:48 am

I gave five minutes…was this supposed to be funny or something? I mean, funny to anyone who *isn't* an old racist?

DaRooster June 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

"…because they enjoy mocking the very existence of a black president.

mavenmaven June 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

The funniest part of this is watching that crazy lady get all excited and jumping out of her seat at the mention of Michelle Bachmann.
Other than that, I was waiting for him to break into an updated version of
"if you could see her through my eyes" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ7qdG2kcIc

crybabyboehner June 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm

He's such a kidder, that Adolf!

imissopus June 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

We didn't mind when he kept referring to how much all the Nazis enjoyed ass-fucking, but he really crossed the line when he referred to the entire congregation as "a bunch of hook-nosed, fork-tongued, scheming yids."

Swampgas_Man June 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Not many people remember this, but der Fuhrer was a great dancer.

PristineODummy June 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm

And SO good with dogs and little children!

carlgt1 June 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

This is by far the most accurate headline about this Repug "comedian" I have seen in any media source.

Chet Kincaid June 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Watched it all, and I'm not finding what there is to be so outraged about, or why this guy should be tarred and feathered. His jokes and his imitation are mostly the kind of mild shit that professional Presidential impersonators have been doing since JFK. Get your outrage meters tuned, this is nowhere in the vicinity of monosyllabic gangster rappers pointing at Janice Hahn's ass.

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Actually, it's worse, because it's done under the guise of this being a legitimate act to do at a Republican event. The Janice hahn shit is so blatantly over the top, it's actually funny. There is something really insipid about audience interaction like that.

There is nothing redeemable about this performance. It's either not funny, insidiously playing to racists, or both. I'm not surprised you're both defending this and then using it to browbeat everyone else here, though. That seems to be your MO, here. Playing a constant contrarian must be fun.

Noman June 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Libunatics love to post the term "n***er."

Makes their pu**ies wet.

tessiee June 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm

So?
Is somebody holding their hand over your mouth?
Go ahead, go up to a black person and call them a "nigger" to their face, if that will make your day complete.
Nobody here is stopping you.
In fact, some of us would probably sell tickets.

finallyhappy June 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I don't get it- I also have forgotten how the Kardashians got a Tv show. Someone told me- but don't bother telling me again. There are so many unknown people on TV- and I have no idea why. Let me just repeat that is why I watch old movies and old TV(and the Walking Dead)

Noman June 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Making fun of Mooshell?

Negropolis June 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Yes, Mooshell Crazy Ass Bachmann.

anniegetyerfun June 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Hold the motherfucking phone. Do you mean to tell me that The Politico didn't report something 100% accurately?

PristineODummy June 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Let's put it this way: they would if they could. After all, they've screwed everything else.

WordSaladNation June 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I have no snark, just the final montage from Spike Lee's Bamboozled, a flawed but brilliant film that you should see if you haven't already. (The music, by the way, is by Terence Blanchard.)

Biel_ze_Bubba June 20, 2011 at 6:47 am

The important thing is to cut off benefits for the one that stopped working.

bflrtsplk June 20, 2011 at 7:17 am

Of the marketplace.

horsedreamer_1 June 20, 2011 at 8:57 am

Shiftless filament!

snoopyfan2010 June 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I thought the argument was weak too.

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